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Mareotic Luxury The Arva Mareotica mentioned by Ovid (Metamorphoses, ix. 73) produced the white
grapes, from which was made the favourite beverage of Cleopatra, and mention of which is made both
by Horace (Odes, i. 37) and Virgil (Georgics, ii. 91). The Arva Mareotica were the shores of Lake Moeris,
and Mareotic luxury is about equal to Sybaritic luxury.'
Marfisa Name of an Indian queen in Bojardo's Orlando Innamorato, and in Ariosto's Orlando Furioso.
Marforio A pasquinade (q.v.).
Margan Monastery (Register of), 1066 to 1232, published in Gale, 1687.
Margaret Queen of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, called the Northern Semiramis (1353, 1387-1412).
A simple, uncultured girl of wonderful witchery, seduced, at the age of fifteen, by Faust. She drowns
in a pool the infant of her shame, was sent to prison, where she lost her reason, and was ultimately
condemned to death. Faust (whom she calls Henry) visits her in prison, and urges her to make her
escape with him; but she refuses, dies, and is taken to heaven; but Mephistopheles carried off Faust to
the Inferno. (Goethe: Faust.)
Ladye Margaret. The Flower of Teviot, daughter of the Duchess Margaret
and Lord Walter Scott, of Branksome Hall. She was beloved by Baron Henry of Cranstown, whose family
had a deadly feud with that of Scott. One day the elfin page of Lord Cranstown inveigled the heir of
Branksome Hall, then a lad, into the woods, where he fell into the hands of the Southerners; whereupon
3,000 of the English marched against the castle of the widowed duchess; but, being told by a spy that
Douglas with 10,000 men was coming to the rescue, they agreed to decide by single combat whether
the boy was to become King Edward's page, or be delivered up to his mother. The champions to decide
this question were to be Sir Richard Musgrave on the side of the English, and Sir William Deloraine on
the side of the Scotch. In the combat the English champion was slain, and the boy was delivered to
the widow; but it then appeared that the antagonist was not William of Deloraine, but Lord Cranstown,
who claimed and received the hand of fair Margaret as his reward. (Scott: Lay of the Last Minstrel.)
Margaret's preacher. A preacher who has to preach a Concio ad clerum before the University, on the
day preceding Easter Term. This preachership was founded in 1503 by Lady Margaret, mother of Henry
Lady Margaret professor. A professor of divinity in the University of Cambridge. This professorship
was founded in 1502 by Lady Margaret, mother of Henry VII. These lectures are given for the voluntary
theological examination, and treat upon the Fathers, the Liturgy, and the priestly duties. (See
Margaret (St.). The chosen type of female innocence and meekness.
In Christian art she is represented
as a young woman of great beauty, bearing the martyr's palm and crown, or with the dragon as an attribute.
Sometimes she is delineated as coming from the dragon's mouth, for the legend says that the monster
swallowed her, but on making the sign of the cross he suffered her to quit his maw.
St. Margaret and the
dragon. Olybius, Governor of Antioch, captivated by the beauty of St. Margaret, wanted to marry her,
and, as she rejected him with scorn, threw her into a dungeon, where the devil came to her in the form
of a dragon. Margaret held up the cross, and the dragon fled.
St. Margaret is the patron saint of the
ancient borough of Lynn Regis, and on the corporation seal she is represented as standing on a dragon
and wounding it with the cross. The inscription of the seal is SVB MARGARETA TERITUR DRACO
STAT CRUCE LÆTA.
Margaret A magpie.
Margaret or Marguerite (petite). The daisy; so called from its pearly whiteness, màrguerite being the
French for a pearl. (See Marguerite .)
The daise, a flour white and redde, In French called `la belle Marguerite.'